The Vision for Our Veterans
With the support of both Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council the charity has secured a 22 Acre site next to Priory Road in Hull, extending into the boundaries of both authorities. The site will be utilised to develop a residential village, training & support facility and a visitors centre. The site’s unique location provides both a tranquil rural environment with an established local community, fundamental in aiding veterans and their families with the transitional journey to civilian life.
By enhancing the rural setting of the site the Veterans Village will provide 48 housing units ranging from lodges for single people and couples, through to 4 bedroom fully accessible traditional housing for families. The village will also offer the opportunity for shared living, providing a support network through mentoring.
The housing will incorporate innovative sustainable design features to reduce the cost of construction and maintenance, using technologies that help empower residents and connect them to outside resources. This will provide housing for up to 120 ex-Service personnel and their families.
Using a wide network of professionals and partners, the Community and Support Hub will assist ex-service personnel and their families through the transitional journey. The team will assist and empower veterans to identify priority areas for health and wellbeing, whilst also providing help with practical issues like financial support, relationships and signposting to partner agencies who can work together to develop a pathway to a happier, healthier life.
Those who serve together, recover better together. The hub will create an environment to assist in providing this support for all, enjoying a sense of fellowship, togetherness and camaraderie.
Few career changes require as much adjustment as that of leaving the military service and returning to civilian life. Veterans often find that their life of strict routine and structure bears no resemblance to that of the average UK citizen. More often than not they find that the outside world has moved on significantly since they enlisted.
It is not uncommon for veterans to struggle with this transition and the village will provide a training environment with a full range of opportunities through a wide network of training providers and partners. The team will assist these highly trained individuals in understanding how their transferable skills can be used and have a positive impact on society.
Transition and Community
The concept of the Veterans Village and the successful transitional journey of the veterans on site is dependent on the links and bonds with the local residents. Facilities on site have been specically designed to aid this, the intension is for the village to be an extension of the existing established community. Partnerships are key to the charities success to date and the design of the open space and the facilities on site will enable local and wider community involvement and engagement.
The scheme includes enhancements of the existing open space, with walled gardens, mature orchards, labyrinths, wild flower meadows and a unique ‘Sky Dome’. The community hub will support outdoor sports facilities, indoor fitness rooms and gymnasiums, multi-functional areas and social space for use by the veterans and the wider community.